CHENNAI:The Parent Students’ Welfare Association of Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School in Egmore on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister’s Special Cell alleging the school has been collecting higher education fees than the amount fixed by the Justice Singaravelar Committee (Committee)on June 29, 2015.
The Association,in its petition to the School Education Secretary, said the school had been found guilty of collecting higher fees by the Committee and had directed the school to repay the excess fees collected. Flouting the orders, the school continues to collect higher fees and intimidates parents in the process.
A representative of the parents’ association said the school management had been calling parents individually, the past few days. “They tell (parents) to sign on a document which states that the school is not charging excess fees. When we point out that they are charging double (what they should be charging), they say it is for facilities like ground and labs,” said a parent. Parents contend that the school management is denying the receipt of the Justice Singharavelu Committe order which directs them to charge only the Committee-mandated fee.
Parents of children studying in Class 11 and Class 12 have been warned in these meetings to not create any trouble as “(their wards) will be leaving school in a few months. We were told that school leaving certificate would be given only if we sign this document,” said a parent whose son studies in Class 12 commerce stream.
The parents claim they also voiced their complaint to the regional CBSE director, who, according to the parents, allegedly told them not to create trouble and asked the parents to seek a truce with the school management. Neither the CBSE officials nor the school management were available for comment.